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  • Covid-19: The biggest threat the world is facing

    Here at Jane’s, we are used to monitoring the threats that the world is facing in the defence and national security landscape. That is why – as soon as we had taken care of our people – we turned our attention to analysing the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Jane’s continues to

  • Bayraktar TB2 UAVs enter service with Qatar

    Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been seen in a Qatari military exercise for the first time. The Qatari Ministry of Defence released footage on 1 April showing Exercise ‘Al-Adheed 2020’ that included brief clips of a Bayraktar TB2 taxiing and taking off. The UAV was

  • Covid-19: HASC chairman calls for removal of US Navy acting navy secretary

    US House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Adam Smith (D-Washington) called for the removal of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly on 6 April. Smith made the move following comments made that day by Modly aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on his decision to remove the

  • European Commission launches next annual call for EU-funded defence capability projects

    The European Commission has published its 2020 call for proposals under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP), its precursor to the future European Defence Fund. Worth EUR160 million (USD148 million), the call seeks technology proposals across 12 categories of capabilities.

  • Covid-19: US Army identifies weapons testing efforts as a potential challenge

    US Army acquisition officials are navigating the ongoing challenges of producing and testing new weapon systems during a global pandemic, and said they have identified several lines of effort that may be affected. Bruce Jette, the army’s assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics, and

  • Five Indian Army SF personnel killed by militants in Kashmir

    Five Indian Army (IA) special forces (SF) personnel have been killed in hand-to-hand combat with five suspected militants in a forested and snow-bound area near the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-administered state of Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian governments Press Information Bureau (PIB) stated

  • Taliban accuse Washington of violating Doha agreement

    The Taliban has accused the United States of “repeatedly violating” the conditions-based agreement the two sides signed on 29 February, claiming that the US military has been carrying out aerial strikes against civilian settlements, while blaming the US-backed Afghan government for

  • Covid-19: Allies activate rapid air mobility mechanism for first time

    Responding to the Covid-19 crisis, allied foreign ministers authorised activation for the first time on 2 April of NATO’s new fast-track Rapid Air Mobility (RAM) clearance mechanism for military aircraft carrying medical supplies through Europe’s airspace. General Tod D Wolters, Supreme

  • Covid-19: India puts off all exercises with foreign militaries scheduled for 2020

    The Indian military has decided to postpone all the joint exercises it was scheduled to hold with foreign militaries this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Official sources told Jane’s on 6 April that that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi, in consultation with the Ministry of

  • Covid-19: UK mobilises reserves to assist civilian agencies

    A drive to mobilise up to 3,000 reserve personnel to help assist civilian agencies with the Covid-19 pandemic has been approved by UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. The ‘intelligent mobilisation’ of reservists across the British Army, Royal Navy (RN), and Royal Air Force was announced

  • Covid-19: USFJ commander declares public health emergency for US military bases in Japan’s Kanto Plain

    The commander of United States Forces Japan (USFJ), Lieutenant General Kevin Schneider, declared a public health emergency for US military bases in Japan’s Kanto Plain – in and around Tokyo – on 6 April amid growing concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the area.

  • UK forms aviation brigade

    British Army Air Corps (AAC) attack and reconnaissance helicopters have been grouped together into a new deployable combat aviation brigade. The 1st Aviation Brigade stood up on 1 April and took over command of the Attack Helicopter Force at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk and the Aviation

  • Tokyo looking to increase number of female personnel in JSDF

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo is looking to increase the number of female personnel enrolled in all three services of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) over the coming years. An MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 6 April that the ministry aims to raise the percentage of female

  • Covid 19: Roosevelt infections rise as Trump contradicts USN and lawmaker requests IG investigation

    The number of crew members testing positive on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) has continued to climb as the US Navy (USN) quarantines more sailors on Guam amid effort to test the entire crew. The removal of Captain Brett Crozier, the ship’s former commanding officer, has

  • UN peacekeeping faces funding crisis

    The UN may not be able to reimburse countries contributing to peacekeeping missions this year because of a major shortfall in payments from member states, according to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Guterres expressed his concern in a letter to all 193 member states, with his spokesperson

  • Covid-19: Argentine Army activates new support battalion

    To reinforce the activities the Argentine Army is performing to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, on 2 April the force created a new support battalion: the Batallón Servicios ‘2 de abril’. The unit, created with personnel from the Army General Staff, has a command element, a health

  • Covid-19: Kazakh military ramps up efforts to stem spread of coronavirus

    Kazakhstan is ramping up the involvement of its military in the fight against the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Central Asian country. In a 31 March statement the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Nur-Sultan said the Kazakh military is now “intensively involved in the maintenance of

  • Covid-19: US Navy relieves carrier Theodore Roosevelt commanding officer

    The US Navy (USN) abruptly relieved Captain Brett Crozier, the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), on 2 April for failing to properly follow the chain of command in voicing his concerns about the US Navy’s speed in addressing the Covid-19 infection

  • Covid-19: As US Navy battles virus impacts, service sets stage for recovery

    As Covid-19 cases mount on a deployed aircraft carrier and the US Navy (USN) cites signs of production slowdowns and disruptions, the service is laying the groundwork for future recovery by building up spares stockpiles, awarding contracts months ahead of schedule, and getting larger main

  • Covid-19: Israeli defence companies adapt sensors to screen for virus

    Israel's Ministry of Defense (MoD) is working with two Israeli defence companies to develop radar- and electro-optical-based sensors to monitor peoples’ vital signs and identify ones infected with Covid-19. The programme is being led by the National Emergency Team of the Directorate of

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